Ohio Valley Mall facts for kids
Exterior view of Ohio Valley Mall, July 2013
|Location||Richland Township, Ohio, United States|
|No. of stores and services||120+|
|No. of anchor tenants||10 (9 open, 1 vacant)|
|Total retail floor area||1,200,000 sq ft (110,000 m2)|
|No. of floors||1 (2 in Boscov's)|
Ohio Valley Mall is an enclosed shopping mall in Richland Township, Ohio outside St. Clairsville. It was opened in 1978 and was developed by the Youngstown, Ohio-based Cafaro Company, who continue to own and manage it. The mall's anchor stores are Boscov's, Ulta Beauty, AMC Theatres, Marshalls, Tilt Studio, Michaels, Dunham's Sports, Five Below, and the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic, and it contains over 120 stores. There is 1 vacant anchor store that was once Macy's.
The Ohio Valley Mall opened in October 1978. Its original anchors were Montgomery Ward, Kaufmann's, JCPenney, Sears, and L.S. Good. Montgomery Ward closed in April 1983 and became Kmart in November 1983. L.S. Good closed in March 1982, and later became Stone & Thomas in the summer of 1982, then Burlington Coat Factory, then Steve & Barry's, which closed in 2009 due to bankruptcy.
Stone & Thomas moved to a larger location within the mall, and the company was later sold to Elder-Beerman in 1996. Old Navy opened in 1999. Kaufmann's became Macy's in 2006. JCPenney moved to Triadelphia, West Virginia in 2007.
It was replaced by Levin Furniture, while Crafts 2000, then Pat Catan's replaced Steve & Barry's in 2010. Old Navy moved to Triadelphia, West Virginia in 2009, and Waldenbooks closed in 2010. In 2012, Cafaro announced plans to renovate the mall's interior and add a new anchor store. The Ohio valley Mall is home to one of two last remaining Sam Goody stores in the country.
Levin Furniture closed in 2012. In early 2013, it was confirmed that the space would be converted to Boscov's. It is the first Boscov's in Ohio. Also in 2013, MC Sports opened in the former Old Navy.
Kmart and Elder Beerman closed in March 2017. MC Sports closed in April 2017 due to bankruptcy. Marshalls opened in September 2017 and took over half of the former Elder-Beerman. The other half was converted in April 2018 into Tilt Studio, a 25,000 square foot arcade with 100+ arcade and video games, 2-level laser tag, mini bowling, Himalaya Ride, black light golf, J.P. Pepperoni Snack Bar, and party rooms.
On June 30, 2018, Toys "R" Us closed its store permanently due to bankruptcy. H. H. Gregg closed its store a year prior due to bankruptcy and was replaced by Levin's Furniture and Mattress. In early 2019, it was announced that Chick-fil-A was opening by late 2019, while the former Kmart anchor store was demolished, and a new Dunham's Sports store was built on that site, along with the construction of a 4-story Hampton by Hilton next to Dunham's Sports. Dunham's Sports opened on November 1, 2019, and Hampton by Hilton will open sometime in 2021.
With Michaels purchasing Pat Catan's in 2016, and subsequent announcement of Michaels closing or converting the remaining Pat Catan's stores into Michaels, it was expected that this store would be converted instead of closed. In April 2019, The former MC Sports location was repurposed as the VA Belmont County Outpatient Clinic. On April 24, 2019, it was announced that Sears would be closing on July 7, 2019. Payless Shoesource closed its store in 2019 due to bankruptcy.
On June 10, 2019, Oil and Gas Safety Supplies opened in place of the former Toys "R" Us space. Michaels opened on August 16, 2019. On January 6, 2020, it was announced that Macy's would be closing as part of a plan to close 125 stores nationwide. The store closed in March 2020.
Levin's Furniture closed in early March 2020 due to bankruptcy, while Chick-Fil-A opened in March 2020. Five Below opened in the remaining former Kmart space in June 2020. Levin’s was replaced by Ferguson Furniture in October 2020. In February 2021, the former Sears location was repurposed as the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic.
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